An exhibition peering into the future
An exhibition peering into the future
Art, science, technology show Fase 6.0 is open until Thursday at the CC Recoleta
Art and science have been bunking up in Buenos Aires for the last couple of months — September’s Third Kosice Biennial: Kosicean Utopias introduced the two disciplines beneath the quixotic light of the luminous vanguard before Arte y Robótica consolidated the romance a week or so ago. Centro Cultural Recoleta hosts the latest chapter of the love affair with FASE 6.0, an event peering into the future through art, science and technology.
The exhibition integrates robotics, video installations, biotechnology, and sculpture among other things under the slogan, “Technology, Policies, and Poetics.” Artistic and scientific experimentation form the backbone of the schedule presenting works by the likes of Leo Núñez, Leandro Yabkowski, and Fabiana Gallegos. The sixth edition of the five-day event also pays homage to pioneering filmmaker Narcisa Hirsch — the 76-year-old has worked extensively in Argentina, notably during the sixties and seventies, and played a vital role in the formation of experimental cinema in the country.
Supported by the Ministry of Culture, FASE reflects on the use of technology in society and the “fuzzy boundary between reality and the virtual world.” Talks, seminars and workshops aim at widening audiences’ horizons — it’s philosophical stuff and if visitors don’t enter Centro Cultural Recolta with an open mind, it’s likely they’ll leave with one. The series of exhibits portray the same sense of mystery and free-thinking as those shown at previous events bridging art and science. Gabriela Munguía and Guadalupe Chávez’s Eisenia — a creation one might expect to find in a distant, apocalyptic future age when water and sunlight are no longer luxuries humans take for granted — is again on show after first appearing at the Third Kocise Biennial. A video installation by mock galleria entitled Vuelta a casa airs in the same room, exploring the relationship between “technological development and everyday customs derived from idiosyncrasies.”
Germán Sar’s Mecánica de la dialéctica consists of two typewriters joined by a continuous reel of paper portraying “transversal perspective underlying reflective thought” while Edicita Sarragoicochea’s SUDARIOS / encarnadura shows 15 sheets hanging from a metal frame, simulating slaughtered cows in an abattoir. Maria de Vedia, head of press for FASE, explained the works on show symbolize a three-way relationship between the artist, viewer, and technology employed in each exhibit.
“Many artists work with technology, it affords them the ability to develop their art through different channels,” she told the Herald. “Technology serves as a tool, a resource to help the artist, who then presents something special to the viewer. The viewer is therefore nothing without technology.”
Room 10 showcases a tribute to Hirsch who began her career as a painter before venturing into directing films along with Marie Louise Alemann, Claudio Caldini, Juan José Mugni, Horace Vallereggio, and Juan Villola. Together they formed a theater group and spearheaded new-age filmmaking projects. FASE documents this journey with a selection of Hirsch’s experimental filmography including the works Pink Freud, Taller, and Aida. The director initiated a new wave of unique filmmaking in Argentina and FASE’s organizers rightly don’t want this to be forgotten.
What does the future hold for art and science? Well, if next month’s Noviembre Electrónico at Centro Cultural San Martín is any thing to go by, the marriage is yet to hit the rocks; the honeymoon continues with a programme of electronic music, space-age exhibitions, and film.
When & Where:
Showing from October 25 - 30. Today 11:30am - 8:30pm. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thurs day 1:30pm - 8:30pm at Centro Cultural Recoleta (Junín 1930). Free admission.
By George Nelson For the Herald http://buenosairesherald.com/article/173105/an-exhibition-peering-into-the-future